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How to Proceed After Getting Your Degree

Posted by John Carroll on Monday, August 18, 2014, In : Job Search 
Congratulations, you’ve graduated!  Now is the time to really start focusing on starting a career.  Though entering the job seeking arena straight out of college can be intimidating, there are many steps you can take to help you stand out and find a great position.  Here are our tips for recent grads seeking to take that first step.

Focus on Presentation
Hopefully you took full advantage of being permitted to wear sweatpants and t-shirts to class for four or more years.  But now that you are ...

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Tell Me About Yourself: The Dos and Don’ts

Posted by John Carroll on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, In : Job Search 

“So, tell me about yourself.”
After saying hello, shaking hands and maybe exchanging a few comments about the weather, you may be faced with this intimidating imperative sentence.  Sure, you know exactly what to say when someone asks you how long you were at your last job or what you studied in school, but this open-ended interview starter might leave you struggling for the right words.  Here are some basic dos and don’ts to help you navigate this crucial first impression.

Do include pe...


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3 Tips for Following Up after an Interview

Posted by John Carroll on Monday, February 24, 2014, In : Job Search 

You nailed the interview. Now all that’s left to do is seal the deal with a thank you note. Having proper follow up after a job interview is as imperative as the interview itself. How you follow up can signal to the interviewer just as much as your formal interview. While playing the waiting game can be an unnerving task, you must remain patient while awaiting a response. Below are some of Watson Dwyer’s tips on how to follow up after an interview.  

Write It  

After the conclusion of your ...


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Success Story: Matthew

Posted by John Carroll on Thursday, February 6, 2014, In : Job Search 
Finding a new job can be a job in itself; nonetheless, finding the right job, can be an even more daunting task. That’s where Watson Dwyer comes in. Recently, Watson Dwyer’s Recruiting Coordinator, Alyssa Johnson, sat down with Matthew, to discuss his experience using Watson Dwyer to land his current job.

Alyssa: What prompted you to begin your job search?

Matthew: I started looking because the company I was working at was restructuring.  I had been doing Human Resources with this co...


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New Year, New You

Posted by John Carroll on Friday, January 17, 2014, In : Job Search 
4 Tips for Managing Your Online Identity  

As we step into a new year, it imperative that we lead with our best foot. One of the best ways we can take off is to start with our online presence. The internet is a powerful tool that can either add or detract from us. Who we are online is a part of our personal brand. A resume and online reputation fit together, such as foot and shoe do. Below are some quick tips to help manage and maximize your online identity in 2014.

1.    Google Yourself ...


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5 Ways to Stay Organized During Your Job Search

Posted by John Carroll on Thursday, October 24, 2013, In : Job Search 

“I believe luck is preparation meeting opportunity. If you hadn’t been prepared when the opportunity came along, you wouldn’t have been ‘lucky.’”

–Oprah Winfrey

When you’re on the hunt for your next great opportunity, it can feel like landing a job interview can rely so much on serendipity – meeting the right person at the exact right moment, running across a perfect posting while searching for something completely unrelated, or randomly running into an old friend who gives ...


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The Scoop on Acing a Phone Interview

Posted by John Carroll on Friday, October 18, 2013, In : Job Search 

Phone interviews are hard for a variety of reasons. Firstly, they are usually shorter than an in-person interview, so you have to make a lasting impression in a quick amount of time. Secondly, they require you to make a first impression without ever seeing the employer face-to-face. Thirdly, having a physical barrier makes it harder to read the person on the other side. Because of these obstacles, preparing for a phone interview can present some new challenges.

          On the plus side, ...


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What is Working with an Agency All About?

Posted by John Carroll on Friday, October 4, 2013, In : Job Search 

As a permanent and temporary external placement agency, Watson Dwyer works with new candidates daily who have various types of professional experience and backgrounds. One thing that most candidates have in common, however, is that if a candidate has not worked with an agency before, they usually have some questions regarding the process. For this week’s blog article, we decided to break down the process to help potential candidates gain a better understanding of what to expect when worki...


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What Not To Wear: Interview Edition

Posted by John Carroll on Friday, September 20, 2013, In : Job Search 

Let’s start with stating the obvious: dressing for an interview is an integral part of the first impression you make. That statement seems straightforward, but in reality, making a good first impression and dressing for your interview in an appropriate way will always depend on the company, so research the employee etiquette at that company before you interview. For a general idea on what or what not to do, check out these guidelines:


Ask Around
To ensure that you dress the right way for yo...

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How to Make the Perfect Resume

Posted by John Carroll on Friday, August 30, 2013, In : Job Search 
The title of this article is deceiving. If you’re looking to create the perfect resume that sums up everything you’ve ever done throughout your career, then you’re in for a brutal truth: there is no such thing as a perfect resume. In fact, resumes that contain too much information may be too dense for the hiring process, which often involves a hiring manager giving an initial brief overview of a resume to see if the candidate is a good fit for the job. If your resume is too long or to...
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How to Really Research a Company for Your Interview

Posted by John Carroll on Friday, August 16, 2013, In : Job Search 

How to Really Research a Company for Your Interview

Part of thoroughly preparing for a job interview means collecting a good amount of research on the company you’re interviewing with. But let’s face it: sometimes you just don’t know where to start. Researching a company involves more than briefly skimming a website, and we’ve created a helpful list of tips to use to kick-start your research process.

Find specific aspects of the website to use when answering questions in your intervie...


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The Art of the First Impression

Posted by John Carroll on Friday, August 9, 2013, In : Job Search 
People tend to know the basics of what makes a good first impression on a job interview. You are told time and time again to dress professionally, show up early, and offer a firm handshake. While all of that is very important, it’s also equally important to realize the small habits we do out of comfort and familiarity that may not make the best professional impression.

For starters, it’s extremely important to be aware of your body language when arriving and settling into your first i...


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4 Ways to Think Outside of the Box on Your Job Search

Posted by John Carroll on Thursday, August 1, 2013, In : Job Search 
With technology ruling over the job hunt process these days, recruiters at Watson Dwyer often get asked by candidates how they can make their resumes stand out. The truth is, even the best resumes sometimes get passed over if submitted online, based on uncontrollable factors, like automatic screeners or applying to old job postings a hiring manager forgot to remove after filling. Because of this, candidates should explore alternative methods that may get them noticed for their valuable skills...
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What Should A Cover Letter Really Cover?

Posted by John Carroll on Thursday, July 18, 2013, In : Job Search 

For some candidates, writing a cover letter can be an intimidating process. There seems to be endless ways to approach a cover letter, and countless questions to consider. Using specific guidelines can help make the process seem less daunting. That’s why we decided to break down the most important aspects of cover letters, so check out our recommendations below!

Where (or how) do you start?

Before you even begin writing the content of your cover letter, make sure to include your name, addre...


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The Four Biggest Myths Behind Using an Agency

Posted by John Carroll on Friday, July 12, 2013, In : Job Search 

Staffing agencies have both similarities and differences when it comes to how they operate. For Watson Dwyer, candidates often ask a set of common questions about working with an agency. To give clarity to some common misconceptions, Watson Dwyer is breaking down the top five most common myths behind using an agency, at least from our perspective!

1.       Your dream job will come in tomorrow.

This is a tricky one. Sometimes Watson Dwyer is already working on a job order that would be a perfect...


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When does the interview start?

Posted by John Carroll on Friday, July 5, 2013, In : Job Search 

It might be a bit extreme to say that an interview starts when you leave home; however, it definitely starts well before you ever shake hands with anyone. Interviews can be stressful. Often times our focus is on how we plan to answer questions. We may be concerned about arriving on time. Or, possibly, we’re concerned about our appearance, that our clothes don’t wrinkle or that we don't have food stuck between our teeth. These are all legitimate issues to think about prior to an interview....


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Success Story: Angela

Posted by John Carroll on Friday, June 21, 2013, In : Job Search 




It’s not easy to be a job seeker in this economic climate. The job search is more selective and competitive than ever, and job seekers are finding it more difficult to get their resume seen. For some of our past placements, these difficulties have led them to consider using Watson Dwyer to try a different approach to the job search. They were glad they did.

Watson Dwyer’s Recruiting Coordinator, Rachel Cerrone, sat down with a past placement, Angela Ollie, to discuss Angela’s specific fr...


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